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2019-20 Waterfowl & Migratory Game Bird

Hunting Seasons

***All dates are not final until published in the Federal Register in mid-summer. Please check this website prior to going afield this fall.

Waterfowl News for 2019-2020:

  • Due to a slow, but steady decline in mallards across the northeastern United States, the mallard daily bag limit has reduced from 4 birds (2 hens) per day to 2 birds (1 hen) per day. Please see the Declining Mallards in the Atlantic Flyway (PDF) brochure for more information.
  • The Canada goose season length in the Northeast, West Central, East Central, Hudson Valley, and Lake Champlain zones has been reduced from 50 days to 30 days and the bag limit has been reduced from 3 per day to 2 per day. Please see the Status and Management of Atlantic Population Canada Geese (PDF) brochure for more information.
  • The northern pintail bag limit has been reduced from 2 per day to 1 per day.

Shooting Hours: one-half hour before sunrise to sunset; see exceptions for Canada geese during September and snow geese during January 16 - April 15.

Non-toxic Shot: Required

Season Zones: Most waterfowl seasons in New York state are set based on five waterfowl hunting zones that have been approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

NOTE: (1) You must register with HIP to hunt any of these species.

Species Western Northeast Lake
Champlain a
Southeast Long
Island
Youth Days Oct 5 - Oct 6 Sept 21 - Sept 22 Sept 28 - Sept 29 Sept 21 - Sept 22 Nov 9 - Nov 10
Ducksc, Coots,
Mergansers
Oct 19 - Nov 10
Nov 30 - Jan 5
Oct 5 - Oct 27
Nov 2 - Dec 8
Oct 10 - Nov 1
Nov 23 - Dec 29
Oct 19 - Dec 1
Dec 7 - Dec 22
Nov 23 - Dec 1
Dec 7 - Jan 26
Snow Geesed Oct 1 - Apr 15 Oct 1 - Apr 15 Oct 1 - Dec 31
Jan 16 - April 15
Oct 1 - Apr 15 Nov 23 - Mar 8
Brant Oct 5 - Nov 3 Oct 5 - Nov 3 Oct 10 - Nov 8 Oct 5 - Nov 3

Dec 28 - Jan 26

a Hunting seasons for the Lake Champlain Zone are decided on by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Management Board following public meetings in Whitehall, New York and Burlington, Vermont.
b Youth Days are additional days for Junior Hunters only. Young hunters, 12 to 15 years of age, possessing a junior hunting license may hunt ducks, coots, mergansers, Canada geese, and brant on 2 special days in each zone. Daily bag limits for for all species are the same as those allowed during the regular season for all species (excludes September Canada goose bag limits). Young hunters must be accompanied by a licensed (including current HIP registration and duck stamp) adult hunter. The adult may not shoot any birds unless the respective season is open for hunters of all ages (i.e. the regular Canada goose season).
c Crippled sea ducks may be taken under power in the special sea duck area, only.
d Snow goose seasons include both the regular hunting season and the Conservation Order that runs from January 16 - April 15 in all zones (except Long Island).

2019-20 Waterfowl Bag Limits

The daily bag limit is the maximum number of birds of each species that any person may take or possess in the field during any one day. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit for all waterfowl species except snow geese. The possession limit is the maximum number of birds that any person may possess in total in the field, at home, in transit, or in storage.

Species Daily Limit Possession Limit
Ducks*, Sea ducks,
and Mergansers
6 18
Coot 15 45
Canada geese # see map
Snow geese 25 no limit
Brant 2 6
Youth Hunt Same as above, except junior hunters
may take 3 Canada geese/day

*The daily limit of 6 ducks includes all mergansers and sea ducks (scoters, eiders, and long-tailed ducks) and may include no harlequin ducks and no more than 2 mallards (1 of which may be a hen), 3 wood ducks, 2 black duck, 1 pintail, 2 scaup, 2 redheads, 2 canvasback, 4 scoters, 4 eiders, 4 long-tailed ducks, or 2 hooded mergansers. For all other duck species found in New York, the daily limit is 6.

# Cackling geese and white-fronted geese may be taken as part of the Canada goose daily and possession limits. Snow geese and Ross' geese may be taken as part of the snow goose limits.

Canada Goose Season

Shooting Hours: ½ hour before sunrise to sunset during regular and late seasons. During September, shooting hours are extended to ½ hour after sunset, except on Youth Waterfowl Hunt Days.

Bag Limits: The daily bag limit is the maximum number of birds that any person may take or possess in the field during any one day. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit for all waterfowl species except snow geese. The possession limit is the maximum number of birds that any person may possess in total in the field, at home, in transit, or in storage. See table below for specific bag limits for each Goose Hunting Area.

Non-toxic shot: Required

Other: You must register with HIP to hunt geese. During the September season hunters are allowed to use electronic calling devices and to use shotguns capable of holding more than three shells at a time, but no more than seven. The only time and place where these measures are not allowed is during the Youth Waterfowl Hunt weekend in the Northeastern and Southeastern Waterfowl Hunting Zones (federal regulations do not allow the special measures for Canada geese whenever any other waterfowl hunting seasons are open).

2019-2020 Canada Goose Season Map

*Cackling geese and white-fronted geese may be taken as part of the Canada goose daily and possession limits

 

 

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